Get set, garden, grow!

This spring, use gardening as a way to get and stay active. We know treatment can affect your health. Becoming green fingered can have many benefits for your physical and mental health. It can also help you manage the side effects of cancer treatment.

Herry, always a keen gardener, tells us why after a cancer diagnosis he didn’t give up pursuing his dream of his perfect garden.

Whether you are a pro or a beginner, we can get you started and keep you gardening. Find out more below.

Why gardening is good for you

Getting active during and after cancer treatment is good for recovery and to help you feel more like yourself.

Download our leaflet [PDF] to find out, in a nutshell, why gardening is a great way to take up some light activity.


Top tips for gardening

National Garden Scheme garden owner Carol opened her garden just eight weeks after undergoing breast cancer surgery – with just 20 minutes of gardening a day.

Download Carol’s great tips to help you garden at your own pace.

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Gardening as a way to keep active

Read more about the many benefits of gardening before and after cancer treatment in our gardening booklet [PDF].

Plus, some easy and safe steps to help you achieve your own goals and gradually build your fitness levels.

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Move More

Physical activity can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing. It could also help reduce the side effects of treatment.

Find out how to keep active when you need to, with tips for getting started and activities near you.

Hands holding a Macmillan Move More pack with a gardening leaflet inside.

Macmillan's partnership with the National Garden Scheme

Since 1985, Macmillan and the National Garden Scheme have been growing vital support for people living with cancer.

Together we’re building life changing places, such as wellbeing centres, and putting more healthcare professionals in place.

Read more about our partnership on the NGS partnership page.